Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE international defender, Jordan Zemura, will be involved in the final day drama as the Italian Serie A relegation puzzle remains unresolved with one round of matches remaining.

Zemura was an unused substitute as Udinese scrambled a 1-1 draw, courtesy of a penalty in the 14th minute of added time at home to Empoli, in a match they needed to win and seal their survival.

The single point gave Udinese 34 points from 37 matches, just one above Empoli.

Relegation has already claimed Sassuolo and Salernitana and one slot remains.

There were five teams still vulnerable at the end of Sunday’s matches, including Empoli (33 points), Udinese (34 points), Verona (34 points plus game in hand), Frosinone (35 points) and Cagliari (36 points).

Udinese coach Fabio Cannavaro said he expects a ‘tough week’ following the draw with Empoli, who currently occupy the final slot.

“I lived the penalty with great emotion. The draw was fundamental, but we tried to win it, too. The lads were good because they didn’t lose calm.

“It was a tense match, and we expected it. This point allows us to go to Frosinone and play for it without making calculations. It will be a tough week in which we must work hard.”

The match against Frosinone will be a winner-take-all affair while the loser will hope for a Roma victory over Empoli.

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